request, let me introduce what is GoKoha.com.
Paul and Chris are both correct; we are a startup company based in
The GoKoha project was born from the need to give Quebec's small
libraries a low cost alternative to existing commercials ISL. We
present Koha as an opportunity for librarians to follow the path of
Currently, the small libraries in Quebec cannot offer the same level of
services to their patrons partly due to their budget limitation.
Quebec's librarians are not strong believers in Open Source solution
like Koha. Moreover, the proprietary vendors brainwash them by claiming
that Koha will not be able to fulfill their needs. As you can imagine,
we need a lot of preparation to break this myth.
The reason we are still quiet about our project is that we are aiming
to create a hype around Koha by the end of 2006 to maximize the impact.
We expect to convince librarians that Koha is a serious option for them
and that GoKoha will be there to fully support its usage. Meanwhile, we
are working on pilots projects integrating Koha in small libraries.
Of course, our intention is to respect the Open Source philosophy by
giving back as much as we can to the community. This contribution will
take place when customers will request more features and by
participating in Koha community's discussions. Having said that, we are
currently in this early phase of getting familiar with that wonderful
tool and we would appreciate Koha community help on this matter.
If you have any questions, comments or hints on convincing Quebec's
librarians of using Koha, feel free to contact me directly or on this